Madaline Mae Baker

Madaline Mae Baker, 76, of Bloomington, passed away at 9 a.m. Friday (Feb. 27, 2015) at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria.

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Rev. Ted Max will officiate. Burial will be at East Lawn Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

The family suggests memorials be made to Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., or Community Cancer Center, Normal. Please mail your memorials to John Allen Baker, P.O. Box 694, Danvers, IL 61732.

Madaline was born Feb. 8, 1939, in Bloomington, the daughter of John J. and Mary Mae Martin Hoog. She married John Baker on June 26, 1959, in Bloomington. He survives.

Also surviving are five children, John Allen (Mary Ann) Baker, Danvers; Mark Steven Baker, Auckland, New Zealand; Phillip Lynn (Cathy) Baker, Normal; Mary Kathleen (Thomas) Roberts, Bloomington; and Brian Keith Baker, Bloomington; 12 grandchildren, Jacob and Hannah Baker; Stephanie, Mathew and James Baker; Luke Hinchee; Deanie Baker; Danielle Baker; Dustin Selleck; James Roberts; Thomas Roberts; and Steven Roberts; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Carol (Cecil) Crow, Normal; two half sisters, Connie (Don) Tincher and Orlenia Clawitter, all of Bloomington; one brother, Carl Hoog, Rockford; and one half brother, Doug (Joyce) Powell, New Zealand.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Jim Shugrue and Bill and John Hoog.

Madaline first worked for St. Joseph Hospital on Morris Avenue, Bloomington. She later worked at Eureka-Williams Co., Bloomington, for more than 35 years. Madaline was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Bloomington, where she served on several committees.

She enjoyed bicycling, walking and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be missed by all who knew her.

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Carolyn Jean Todd

Carolyn Jean Todd, 76, of Normal, formerly of Morton, passed away at 9:19 a.m. Monday (Feb. 16, 2015) at Heritage Health, Normal.

The family has entrusted Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, with cremation rites. There will be no visitation. Grave side services will be at Beardstown Cemetery at a later date. Memorials can be made to the American Lung Association, 55 Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.

Carolyn was born Nov. 29, 1938, in Quincy, the daughter of Richard and Barbara Haskins Welbourne.
She is survived by three sons, Martin Todd, El Paso; Christopher (Debra) Todd, Normal; Brian Todd, East Peoria; one daughter, Collenia (Scott) Leitner, Spring Valley; three grandchildren, McKenzie Todd, Normal; Bethany Leitner and Noah Leitner, both of Spring Valley.

She was proceeded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Barbara Garside; and two brothers, Bruce Welbourne; and Richard Welbourne Jr.

She was a U.S. Air Force veteran. She devoted her time in raising her children before her nursing career. She was a graduate of Illinois Central College nursing program, then worked as a nurse at the Apostolic Christian Home for the Handicapped in Morton.

She attended Assembly of God churches most of her life. Carolyn was a very artistic and enjoyed many crafts like cross stitching.

She will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother.

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Fannie Belle Livingston

Fannie Belle Livingston, 100 of Towanda, IL passed away at 1:00am on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Advocate Bromenn Medical Center, Normal, IL

Visitation will be from 4—6pm at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL, on Thursday, February 12, 2015. Services will be at the memorial home on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 10:00am with Rev. Jack Moody officiating. Interment will follow at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, IL. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Towanda American Legion # 931 in Fannie’s memory.

Fannie was born on August 10, 1914 in Hudson, Il, the daughter of George and lizabeth Hoffman Compton. She married Murray Livingston on August 9, 1947 at the home of Rev. Zehr in Normal, IL. Murray preceded her in death on March 20, 1970.

Surviving are her three children, Henry “Nat” Livingston, Towanda, IL; Cassandra (John) Conway, Naperville, IL; and Kevin (Rose Marie) Livingston, Bloomington, IL; two grandchildren, Matthew (Kimberly) Livingston, and Patrick Livingston; one step-granddaughter, Stephanie Oesch; two great-granddaughters; and five step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, six sisters, Lulu, Ruth, Mary, Helen, Bessie, and baby Lois; four brothers, Clyde, Kenneth, Lyle, and Harold.

She graduated from Hudson High School in 1931.

Fannie was a member of the East White Oak Bible Church, Carlock, IL. She was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie # 527 as well as the Towanda American Legion Auxiliary.

Fannie retired from the Illinois Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s’ School in 1979.

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Stephen Joseph Smith

Stephen Joseph Smith, 56, of Bloomington, formerly of East Peoria, left his earthly body on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Loyola Medical Center, Maywood, IL.

Visitation will be at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL on Saturday, February 7th from 3–4 p.m. A memorial service will be at the memorial home immediately following the visitation at 4 p.m. Rev. Maurice Hilt will officiate. Burial will be at Parkview Cemetery, Peoria, IL on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 10 a.m. Military rights will be accorded. Stephen will be laid to rest beside his parents. Memorial gifts may be made in Stephen’s name to the Loyola Heart Failure Fund, Loyola Medical Center, 2160 South First Avenue, Maywood, Illinois 60153.

Stephen was born to the union of Leona Selma Hunt and Marvin Joseph Smith on April 13, 1958 in Peoria, Illinois. His parents preceded him in death.

Stephen graduated from East Peoria High School in 1976. He graduated from Illinois Central College with a degree in Business Data Processing and also attended ISU. He served in the Navy from 1978-1981. Steve was stationed on the destroyer USS Farragut as an Electronic Test Operator. While in the Navy, he traveled all over the world. He enjoyed telling stories from his Navy days. He received an Honorable discharge in December 1981. Stephen worked for Owen Nursery in Bloomington for 28 years until being forced to retire last Spring due to health reasons.

Stephen had a huge bank of knowledge in his photographic memory and was a computer genius. He was passionate about flowers and plants. He loved showing off the flowers that his mom and he had planted over the years in the back yard of the family home. Stephen was always willing to lend a hand and loved to make people laugh with his antics. One of his great achievements was working with his mother to photograph, compile and publish a 526 page family history genealogy book.

He will be greatly missed by his friends: Jeff and Donna Schlatter, Peoria; Andrea and Bradley Beyer, Stanford; David Hartke, Chatham; and Pat and Judy Daughty, North Fort Myers, Florida.

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William C. “Bill” Pitts

William C. “Bill” Pitts, 88, of Heyworth, passed from this life at 10:50 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 31, 2015) in Normal, surrounded by family and his priest.

His funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 7, 2015 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1920 E. Oakland Ave., Bloomington. Father David Halt will officiate. Private family interment will be McLean Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Bloomington. Arrangements are being handled by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Bill was born April 9, 1926, in Bloomington, the son of John Joseph and Margaret Leach Pitts. He married Martha Wilcox on Aug. 26, 1950, in McLean. She survives.

Also surviving are four children, Jack (Patty) Pitts, Karen Pitts, Nancy (Dave) Lareau and Douglas (Jean) Pitts; and one sister, Jill P. (Gai) Knappenberger. He was the proud grandfather of Nicolas (Jennifer) Lareau, Christopher, Matthew, Laura and Renee Lareau, Andrew and Allison Pitts, Jennie (Andrew) Lawyer and Sarah and Christian Pitts; and his great-grandchildren, Cady and Collin Lawyer and Alivia Lareau.

Bill graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture in 1949. In March 1957, he began farming his wife’s family farm. He later joined the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., specializing in life sales for 39 years. Bill was a lifelong member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Bloomington. His greatest happiness was being with his family. He was a third generation steward of the land he was entrusted with to farm.

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Melissa Diane Powell-Long

Melissa Diane Powell-Long, 48 of Bloomington, IL left at 7:43am to be in the arms of her Lord on January 22, 2015 at Advocate Bromenn Medical Center, Normal, IL.

Visitation will be from 4—6pm the day of her celebration of life service. Services will be at 6pm on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL with Pastors Bonnie and Tom Lentz officiating. Memorials may be directed to her brother John Powell to help defray the funeral expenses. Private family inurnment will be at a later date.

Melissa was born on July 19, 1966, the daughter of Floyd and Maryann Sizemore Powell.
Surviving are her three children, Natasha Powell, Normal, IL; Todd (Brittany) Kelly, Jr, Bloomington, IL; and Lesley Walker, Kansas City, MO. Also surviving are her parents, Floyd “Buddy” Powell, Gridley, IL; Maryann (Paul) Cline, Bloomington, IL; four siblings, Kevin (Sarah) Powell, John Powell, Kenny (Teresa) Powell, and Amy Clem, all reside in Bloomington, IL; step-sisters, Robin and Paula; and eleven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, Richard Adams.

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Robert “Bob” Fred Jesse

Robert “Bob” Fred Jesse, 63, of Bloomington died at 10:18 AM on Friday January 16, 2015 at his residence.

There will be a funeral service for Bob on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington. There will be a visitation from 9-11 AM Wednesday at the Memorial Home. Pastor Ed Taylor will officiate. Interment will be in Drummer Township Cemetery in Gibson City at 3 PM Wednesday, January 21, 2015 where Military Honors will be directed by both active duty military and The Gibson City American Legion Post #568. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help offset funeral expenses.

Bob was born on March 18, 1951 in Bloomington to Fred and Rosella Roberts Jesse. He married Ruth Everly Smith on June 23, 1989 in Bloomington. She survives. Also surviving are his mother, Rosella Jesse of Gibson City, three children, Jennifer Sutter of Normal, James (Michele Borth) Jesse of Lexington, Lyndsi (Derek Moederndorfer) Stevenson of Bloomington, two stepchildren, James (Kimberly Burks) Smith of Bloomington, Alexis (Austin) Anderson of Normal, eleven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Barb (George) Meyer of Gibson City and Marilyn (Francis) Stevenson of Gibson City. He was preceded in death by his father, and one brother Jim Jesse.

Bob proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp. He later worked as a machinist at Nestle-Beich in Bloomington for twenty-five years until his retirement in 2006. He enjoyed target shooting and watching NASCAR and Football on TV. He was a very caring and compassionate person. He was a member of Bloomington American Legion Carl S. Martin Post # 635 and was of the Christian Faith.

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Patrick Martin Cullen

Patrick Martin Cullen, 59, of Normal passed away at 12:20 PM on Wednesday January 14, 2015 at his residence.

Beck Memorial Home is handling arrangements for the family. There will be a celebration of Life on January 31, 2015 at 2 PM at The American Legion in Westville, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Patrick was born in Danville, IL on July 5, 1955 to Frank and Margaret Ann Dawless Cullen. He married Mary Groppi on March 18, 1978 in Danville. She survives. He is also survived by his mother Margaret Sepich of Lafayette, IN, his two children, Maggie Cullen of Normal and Katie Cullen of Bloomington, four grandchildren, Anna, Isabella, Ethan and Hayden, one sister, Connie Vandermark of Lafayette,IN , three brothers, Kevin (Laurie) Cullen of Lafayette, Matt (Julie) Groppi and Kane Groppi of Danville. He was preceded in death by his father.

Patrick received a Bachelor Degree from Illinois State University. He later owned and operated Washburn Flowers in Normal until his retirement in May of 2014. He enjoyed his weekly basketball games at ISU with his friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help offset funeral expenses.

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Beth Ann Sylvester

Beth Ann Sylvester, 52 of Normal, IL passed away suddenly on January 8, 2015 at Advocate Bromenn Medical Center, Normal, IL.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 4—7pm at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Services will be Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 10:00am at the memorial home with Fr. David Halt officiating. Interment will follow at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, IL. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Elizabeth “Beth” was born on June 3, 1962 in Normal, IL, the daughter of Victor and Patricia Sylvester.
Surviving are her two beloved sons, Kevin Sylvester, and Trevor Nakaerts, both of Normal, IL; her dear siblings, Dan Sylvester, Milwaukee, WI; Ken (Pat) Sylvester, Normal, IL; Mike (Deb) Sylvester, Normal, IL; Chuck Sylvester, Normal, IL; Carol (Joe) Spence, Boone, IA. Also surviving is her father, Victor Sylvester, and many nieces and nephews. Beth was preceded in death by her mother, Patricia Sylvester on January 31, 1999.

Beth was a very proud union member of the IBEW Local 197 Electrical Workers. She was also the past Reporting Secretary for the union. Beth was a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Bloomington, IL.
She was a 1980 class graduate of Normal Community High School.

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Patricia Ann Lovins

Patricia Ann Lovins, 62 of Bloomington IL, passed away at 2:15 PM on Wednesday, January 07, 2015, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington IL

SERVICES: She was cremated a celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

VISITATION: There will be no visitation.

MEMORIALS: The family suggests memorials be made to American Society Prevention Cruelty to Animals or Sterile Feral Foundation

Surviving is one son, John Lovins, Normal IL; two brothers, Mike and Roger; and two sisters,
Cindy and Angie

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